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Technology

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Design and Technology

Head of Department: Mr R Healey

 

Curriculum Overview in Years 7, 8 and 9

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative and enterprising. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in design and make activities.

Pupils cover a wide range of skills throughout Key Stage 3 in a number of disciplines including: Graphics, Electronics, Resistant Materials, Food, Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacture.

 

GCSE Design and Technology available for study in Year 10

Course Leader: Mr Healey

This content of this new GCSE course has been refreshed and enhanced, while retaining what teachers liked about the outgoing specifications. This GCSE allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment.  They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.

The new GCSE places greater emphasis on understanding and applying iterative design processes.  Students will use their creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

Year 11 will focus on ‘Non– exam assessment’ which is commonly referred to as ‘Controlled Assessment’ or ‘Coursework’. This will be 50% of the marks for this subject and will include a design and make project based on a brief issued by the Edexcel examination board.

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:

● Demonstrate their understanding that all design and technological activity takes place in
contexts that influence the outcomes of design practice

● Develop realistic design proposals as a result of the exploration of design opportunities and users’ needs, wants and values

● Use imagination, experimentation and combine ideas when designing

● Develop the skills to critique and refine their own ideas while designing and making

● Communicate their design ideas and decisions using different media and techniques, as
appropriate for different audiences at key points in their designing

● Develop decision-making skills, including the planning and organisation of time and
resources when managing their own project work

● Develop a broad knowledge of materials, components and technologies and practical skills
to develop high-quality, imaginative and functional prototypes

● Be ambitious and open to explore and take design risks in order to stretch the development of design proposals, avoiding clichéd or stereotypical responses

● Consider the costs, commercial viability and marketing of products

● Demonstrate safe working practices in design and technology

● Use key design and technology terminology, including those related to: designing, innovation and communication; materials and technologies; making, manufacture and production; critiquing, values and ethics.

 

Food Preparation and Nutrition available for study in Years 10 and 11


Course Leader: Mrs H Jenkinson


As nutrition, healthy eating and the preparation of food are regularly highlighted in the media, it is essential for students to be able to put what they learn in school into practice. This course does that by giving students the ability to make wise food choices and understand the principles behind why foods act the way they do e.g. why does bread rise, sauces thicken and cakes rise? This course will enable students to use the knowledge they gain in practical situations. Home Economics: Food and Nutrition would be an ideal option for someone interested in pursuing Sciences or PE at college, as well as those interested in a career in the Food Industry. It combines learning about food with gaining practical food preparation skills.

What does Food and Nutrition involve?

● Nutrition, diet and health throughout life

●Food preparation and cooking; techniques and skills

● Scientific principles behind the preparation and cooking of food

● Factors affecting our choice of food

● Advertising

● Consumer issues

● Food safety and hygiene

● Packaging

 

Graphic Products available for study in Year 11

Course Leader: Mr R Healey

Graphic Products is a very exciting, creative and interesting subject to study. It encourages candidates to be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and gain an insight into related sectors, such as manufacturing and engineering. It prepares candidates to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.

What does Graphic Products involve?

● Being creative and designing new products

● Understanding how and why the ‘design process’ works

● Learning how to research in to a topic effectively and use this research to guide your designs

● Learning how industry uses graphics and modelling skills in a wide range of products

● Learning about graphic processes, techniques and making skills

● Experimenting, investigating and testing products

● Understanding how a range of products are manufactured commercially

● Having an insight in to the use of colour, shape and layout of a design

● Understanding and using a variety of CAD/CAM techniques

 

Resistant Materials Technology available for study in Year 11

Course Leader: Mr M Minshall

Resistant Materials is an exciting and very rewarding subject. Our world is full of products that are made from Resistant Materials. From the moment you wake up in the morning to the time you return to your bed, your whole day will be influenced and affected by products that have been designed and made from resistant materials. Indeed, the bed you sleep in, the spoon which you eat your cereal, the toothbrush you clean your teeth with, the bus that brought you to school, and many, many more products are designed and made from resistant materials.

What does Resistant Materials involve?

● Engaging in focused tasks to develop and demonstrate techniques

● Engaging in strategies for developing ideas, planning and producing products

● Explore ways in which aesthetic, technical, economic, environmental, ethical and social dimensions interact to shape designing and making

● Analyse existing products and produce practical solutions to needs, wants and opportunities, recognising their impact on quality of life

● Develop decision-making skills through individual and collaborative working

● Understand that designing and making reflect and influence cultures and societies, and that products have an impact on lifestyle

● Develop skills of creativity and critical analysis through making links between the principles of good design, existing solutions and technological knowledge. Considering how past and present design and technology, relevant to a designing and making context, affects society

  

This content of this new GCSE course has been refreshed and enhanced, while retaining what teachers liked about the outgoing specifications. This GCSE allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.

The new GCSE places greater emphasis on understanding and applying iterative design processes. Students will use their creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

Year 11 will focus on ‘Non– exam assessment’ which is commonly referred to as ‘Controlled Assessment’ or ‘Coursework’. This will be 50% of the marks for this subject and will include a design and make project based on a brief issued by the AQA examination board.

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